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CHATMAN Aaron
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age32
Place of BirthInnisfail, AUS
Height1.88 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47
Further Personal Information
Residence
Innisfail, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Manager
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age six in Mena Creek, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up Para athletics after meeting members of the Australian national team in 2004 while they were at a training camp in Townsville, QLD, Australia.
Club / Team
Cairns Athletics: Australia
Name of coach
Gary Bourne
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Assen, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Azza, Bandit (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Fishing, boating, sport. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the F44/46 high jump and bronze in the T42-46 4x100m at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and coach Iryna Dvoskina. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Hero / Idol
Swedish high jumper Stefan Holm. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He underwent ankle surgery in December 2018. He returned to training five months later. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

He dislocated his ankle three months before the 2016 Paralympic Games. He recovered in time to compete at the Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org.au, 07 May 2019)

He contracted chicken pox in the week prior to the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing and almost had to miss the Games due to quarantine procedures. (paralympic.org.au, 12 Sep 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life is like the high jump - when you succeed, raise the bar." (paralympic.org.au, 07 May 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Para Athlete of the Year by Athletics North Queensland in Australia. (athleticsnorthqld.org.au, 14 Nov 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org.au, 07 May 2019)
Impairment
He was born without his right forearm. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; paralympic.org.au, 17 Dec 2009)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2008 High Jump F44/46 2.02
3 2008 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 45.80
3 2016 High Jump T47 1.99
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2006 High Jump F44/46 2.01
2 2017 High Jump T47 1.94
5 2019 High Jump T47 1.87